Assembly limits credit checks for job applicants
Many job applicants should not be subjected to credit checks by employers, the Maryland General Assembly has determined.
The House of Delegates today joined the Senate in approving legislation to limit when businesses could review a would-be employee's credit history. Employers already are barred from seeing a person's credit score, but the Assembly wants to limit their ability to access the entire report.
The legislation, which is moving toward the governor's desk for signature, provides an array of exemptions. Banks and credit unions are among those who could still use the reports. Companies also could run checks on applicants for high-level positions, such as chief financial officers.
Maryland residents had complained to lawmakers about being denied jobs because of bad credit.